The last time I went to my nutritionist she informed me I was doing boredom eating.

Not something someone with an ED wants to hear.  My fear has always been that I am eating too much, hungry too much, and eating the wrong things.

In the beginning when I was extremely under weight, it almost didn’t matter because I was so malnourished that I basically could not eat too much food.  But now that I have gained a significant amount of weight and re-fed my body, this is really not the case anymore.  My new fear is I will get use to these habits of being able to eat “whatever I want, whenever I want”  Which I think had happened.  My metabolism is not working over time anymore.

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With me not able to work yet, I am finding it harder and harder to occupy my time, which had resulted in boredom eating.  When all you think about is food, and have all the time in the world to think about food, well, you think about food, and you get hungry.  My nutritionist also told me that these food ruts I was getting in was hurting me too. I was eating the same bland foods. I needed to add color and variety.  So I’ve actually been working very hard to go against my natural urge to eat my familiar foods. (I haven’t had a soy chocolate panini in a week, can you believe it!!)

not gonna lie. kind of miss this guy.

But for now he has been replaced. With new, out of my comfort zone meals.  I had been getting kind of lazy, so it has actually been a little fun experimenting again in the kitchen.

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Let’s begin with the new breakfast.

Now I in no way think my oatmeal is bland and boring.

cake batter oats. how colorful can you get with all those sprinkles.

bright fresh fruit and so pretty to look at.

But alas, I needed to switch my breakfast up. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not taking oats out of my breakfast regime, but I’m just trying to shake things up once in awhile.

enter tofu scramble with a bright red fresh farmers market tomato. seriously best tomato i have ever had. on the side fresh farmers market peach and strawberries.

This was actually pretty tasty. I let the tofu marinate in some salsa while I took my morning walk and cooked it when I came back and added a bit more to the skillet. I also love how easy tofu scrambles are to make.  Just throw everything in the skillet! Scramble, scramble, scramble. Plop on bagel.

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Ok so since we know I’m not eating my normal soy chocolate panini for lunch, what did I have?

ok so not as much color here but the roasted red pepper and tomato soup added some pop. and yes. it's in a coffee mug.

Boca vegan burger topped with the delicious Trader Joe’s bean dip that I can’t get enough of.

Ok so lunch was a little blah.

Dinner I think made up for it.

I had another buffalo “chicken” salad.  I’m telling you. I love buffalo.

bright salad with lots of bright veggies. sprinkled with some nutritional yeast and dulse.

add on the spicy goodness.

Slowly, but surely I am trying to mix up my meals. I have to tell myself not to go back to what’s safe for me. Am I cooking extravagant 5 course meals? No, not yet, maybe soon though, but for now I am trying to switch it up.  Because really, everyone does need some variety in their life and in their diet.

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How do you get yourself out of your food ruts?

Do you try to add color to all of your meals?

Have you tried the soy chocolate panini yet? Seriously. Make it.